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Lahore’s pigeons are vanishing in plain sight

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 23, 2019 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
Posted: Jun 23, 2019 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
People urge wildlife dept to save them

The number of wild pigeons in Lahore, which were once spotted hovering over buildings, is slowly and steadily declining.  

The birds frequently flock near Istanbul Chowk, Data Darbar, Mall Road, Jain Temple, and Shahi Qila, where many people feed them too.

"I love these birds, but I have noticed that their number is decreasing by the day," said a resident. "The wildlife department should do something about it."

Naeem Bhatti, who is the deputy director of the wildlife department, remarked that the birds have been disappearing because of fatal diseases. "One of the most common diseases that affect them is the Newcastle Disease," he said. The Newcastle disease is a contagious viral bird disease that affects many wild and domestic birds and it can even be transmitted to humans.

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"To stop the spread of the disease, the birds can be given vaccines and antibiotics," he explained. "Administering them vaccines will protect them from lethal diseases."

More than 40% of bird species across the globe are in decline, according to the 2018 State of the World’s Birds. The report says that 1,469 bird species globally are threatened with extinction.

It identified agricultural expansion and intensification, deforestation, and hunting as the biggest threats to the population of birds. “The threats driving the extinction crisis are many and varied, but invariably of humanity’s making…and most species are impacted by multiple, interrelated threats,” it says.

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      HAMZA  June 24, 2019 4:37 am/ Reply

    What’s the name of the Doctor in the video? I have a pigeon that fall off into my backyard he has the same disease the doc is talking about. I want to find the vaccine for this bird. Please help me with this SAMAA.

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      Habib Ur Rehman Sherani  June 25, 2019 8:51 am/ Reply

    Pigeons not rarely vanishing but changing sites or location of heavy urbanization in Lahore and allied regions. That’s one quite reason for sure and NewCastle only can be stopped with preventive measures which collectively taken by all of us and with government or related depts including parks, conservation, janitorial, wildlife, forestry and environment through climate change ministry.

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      Aatif  June 25, 2019 9:54 am/ Reply

    Hunting is also one of the major cause of their thinning population These beautiful birds are hunted when they fly out to the fields as their routine excercise flight by irresponsible shooters The other birds of prey have already been destroyed by these individuals No control is seen by the game department

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